Office Lens removed from Microsoft Store, cloud-based features cut off for PCs
Office Lens users will have to rely on iOS and Android devices going forward.
What you need to know
- Microsoft recently removed Office Lens from the Microsoft Store.
- If you have Office Lens on your PC, several cloud-based services no longer work.
- Office Lens is still available and fully-functional on iOS and Android.
Microsoft recently removed Office Lens for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store. As of January 1, 2021, the document scanning application is no longer available for Windows 10 PCs (via Aggiornamenti Lumia). In addition to removing Office Lens from the Microsoft Store, several cloud-based features for the Windows version of the app have lost support, including saving pictures to OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, or as PDFs.
This cutoff date has been known since October 2020 but only occurred recently. Microsoft outlines the changes in a support document (opens in new tab):
Without the ability to save pictures to OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, or as PDFs, Office Lens for Windows 10 loses the majority of its usefulness. Office Lens might be more natural to use on a mobile device because they have better cameras and are easy to carry around, but some people still used Office Lens on devices like the Surface Pro 7. It's important to highlight that Office Lens for iOS and Android are unaffected by this news and are still available through their respective app stores.
It's also worth noting that there are some other ways to scan and upload documents from a computer, such as using OneNote's camera.
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Using the Photos app, which can be set to sync your library content with your OneDrive account, you can also export any photos to PDF (print to PDF) or share to OneNote.
This article suggests Android and IOS are the only way to leverage OfficeLens functionalities, but Windows can be used natively.
Bring back Office Lens for Windows on Office 365 UserVoice Add the missing functionality to the Camera app (in the Feedback Hub app):
-Add ability to convert document and whiteboard pictures to PDF and Word files
feedback-hub:?contextid=132&feedbackid=03ab5a67-df77-4199-b55d-774c77a3d96e&form=1&src=1 -Add ability to process existing pictures as document or whiteboard
feedback-hub:?contextid=132&feedbackid=2d875f24-e870-4951-9b28-467afad0859b&form=1&src=1 Add the missing functionality to the Photos app (in the Feedback Hub app):
feedback-hub:?contextid=32&feedbackid=e4bab8bb-bf46-46c1-a4a2-984785740b2e&form=1&src=1 I tried to put links for the UserVoice feedback, but it is getting marked as spam.